“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” – Booker T. Washington
There are so many things to be happy about in life. Many of those things go back to the small “wins” we see in our families, lives and successes in our training.
I recently found success in my closet. Yep, you read that right.
About 18 months ago, Jeff and I were working on some remodeling projects at home. We finally got around to our closet and realized that our budget fell short of being able to do what we really wanted. You know how it is—when you’re working on a project and just bleeding money. Eventually, it runs out. We decided put the project on hold so we could save up and do our closet right. We didn’t want it to be a half-assed job; we wanted our closets to be perfect.
Fast forward to just a few months ago. We had been living with a “closet” that was actually a 4-foot clothing rack. The kind that sits on wheels. Our clothes were a jumbled mess on mismatched hangers, crammed into a tiny space.
But we finally had saved enough money to finish our closet right. And once that was done, I was able to go out and buy the perfect hangers. Beautiful velvet hangers that all matched! To me, those hangers symbolized success.
Success in hangers?
It seems so trivial, but being able to buy new hangers so my closet looks organized and cohesive was a big deal to me. It represents personal satisfaction and growth. We started years ago with the cheap wire hangers you get at the dry cleaners to tube hangers I was okay with when I bought them. Eventually I could purchase nicer plastic hangers, like the ones clothes hang on in the store. And I felt good. They matched, but I still didn’t feel like I had landed.
When my closet was finished a few weeks ago, I knew it was time. I had the freedom to choose to spend money on new, matching hangers. I was so proud to buy nine boxes of velvet hangers. The total investment was $90 (315 hangers in all!), but it really felt like such an accomplishment to be able to do that.
Having an organized, beautiful closet took effort and money. Almost two years ago, I determined that this was important to me. I put in the work, and I couldn’t be happier. I feel accomplished.
For me, this feels like success, but it’s only one small thing that I choose to be happy about. I know there are so many other little things in life I can be happy about too. And I choose to use those little successes to lift me up and help move me toward some of my bigger goals. What’s something unconventional you’ve done that defines success for you?
Do you dream of success? Something small that you can do to enhance how you feel? Maybe you have BIG DREAMS and want an opportunity and an outlet to achieve them. If so, find out more about becoming a Beachbody coach!